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    A teacher I had once, he was German himself, assumed I was German and addressed me in it.

    I explained I wasn't, he asked if I had any ancestry from there. I explained I didn't, at least none that I was aware of, he didn't seem to believe me.

    I felt complimented, in a way.

    I've also been asked if I was Welsh. Not quite so complimented.

    One teacher I had, a Jew himself, asked me if I was Jewish. Funny, I thought they could sense each other (TIC- don't get offended folks). His jewdar must have been malfunctioning that day.

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    When my hair is curly, Turks usually mistake me for being Moroccan. Quite funny, it happened quite a few times that some Turks were talking about me in Turkish while I was just standing/sitting near them.

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    Yes I've been mistaken by other Mestizo looking Puerto Ricans as Middle Eastern and a pre-dominantly Spanish looking Puerto Rican as Italian. Well those occurrences happened in Philadelphia & Boston with other Puerto Rican Americans. When I lived on the island, Puerto Ricans would mostly point me out as a foreigner because of my North American accent and call me 'gringo' which gets tiresome to hear all of the time.
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    Yeah, a couple of times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by larali View Post
    I noticed that about Turkey too. Weird

    I found it very rude, more than weird, but I did have some fun with it. My poor bf at the time used to struggle not to laugh, while I told him to tell them, im recruiting for the Taliban, im from pakistan etc...

    Or that my name is Pochohontas and Im a native American etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jr1 View Post

    One teacher I had, a Jew himself, asked me if I was Jewish. Funny, I thought they could sense each other (TIC- don't get offended folks). His jewdar must have been malfunctioning that day.

    Did you have any credit cards on you that day? Large amount of money? Probably something misled the radar


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    Quote Originally Posted by Curiouscat View Post
    I have been mistaken as a foreigner in Turkey about a 100 times.

    LOL, I love the way I was ignored and people spoke directly to my bf asking "where is she from?"
    Hahaha x2. In Turkey they usually think that I am Kurdish but when I tell them that I am from Adana, they automatically think that I am an Arab.

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    Mm I would say rarely, and if I am, I'm usually mistaken for being from a neighbouring country, but not somewhere too far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashina View Post
    Hahaha x2. In Turkey they usually think that I am Kurdish but when I tell them that I am from Adana, they automatically think that I am an Arab.
    LOL.

    I have friends from the blacksea, especially Rize area and they always say that there are "fellahs" in Adana!! which just means farmer to the Arabs there as far as I know.
    However, there is serious segregation isn't there... Karsiyaka is Arabs,, vs the rest of Adana.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curiouscat View Post
    LOL.

    I have friends from the blacksea, especially Rize area and they always say that there are "fellahs" in Adana!! which just means farmer to the Arabs there as far as I know.
    However, there is serious segregation isn't there... Karsiyaka is Arabs,, vs the rest of Adana.
    I thought that the Alawi Arabs were called 'Fellah', but some Arabs refuse that name. I don't know why exactly, it's not a bad name AFAIK. But for most people outside Adana, everyone from Adana is 'Fellah'.

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